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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Beach Week


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

Beach Week by Susan Coll

From the publisher:
Ah, “beach week”: a time-honored tradition in which the D.C. suburbs’ latest herd of high school grads flocks to Chelsea Beach for seven whole days of debauched celebration. In this dark comedy, ten teenage girls plan an unhinged blowout the likes of which their young lives have never seen. They smuggle vodka in water bottles and horde prescription drugs by the dozen. Meanwhile, their misguided, affluent parents are too busy worrying about legal liabilities to fret over some missing pills or random hookups.

For Jordan McMillan and her family, though, this rite of passage threatens to become more than just frivolous fun. The teen’s parents, Leah and Charles, might not let their only child go at all. Their marriage is in shambles, their old house is languishing on the market, and the bills are stacking up. With all that stress, it soon seems they’re behaving as irresponsibly as their daughter and her friends.

With the wit of Nora Ephron and the insight of Tom Perrotta, Susan Coll satirizes a new teenage rite of passage, in the process dismantling the lives of families in transition. Beach Week is a hilarious, well-observed look at the end of childhood and the human need to commemorate it—expensively.

Publishing 5/25/2010 by from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Personal note: I have her first book Acceptance on my TBR pile at home and I loved the Lifetime movie that was made of it.

5 comments:

Carina said...

Not my kind of book, but looks like it could be interesting! My pick actually came out two days ago here in Canada, but I just couldn't help highlighting it!

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

This sounds like a great read to me. I love coming-of-age books. Great pick!

Here's mine: http://daisychainbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/waiting-on-wednesday-5-wicked-girls.html

Jill said...

Me, too...me, too! Can't wait to read this one...let the summer/beach books begin! :)

Alayne said...

Interesting pick. My WOW and review of Day For Night by Frederick Reiken are at The Crowded Leaf.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Beach Week sounds interesting, thanks for sharing info on it :)